An employment forecast released Thursday projects continued economic growth for both the Wichita area and Kansas next year.
Wichita State University’s Center for Economic Development and Business Research (CEDBR) conducts industry-level employment surveys each year to help formulate its forecasts.
CEDBR Director Jeremy Hill says the Wichita area is expected to grow about 0.5% in 2020, adding about 1,600 new jobs. The workforce expanded by 1.3% this year.
He says the slow job growth pattern is a turnaround from 2017 when the region lost jobs.